Ok Teachers, its time to take a seat for a little history lesson on jigsaw puzzles.
In the year 1767, John Spilsbury, a British engraver and mapmaker was credited to have invented the first jigsaw puzzle by taking a map of the British Empire and dissecting it. After much thought, he named his creation the cleverest of names “Dissected Maps.”
These maps were used to educate children and improve their knowledge of their home country. Jigsaw puzzles took off from there and expanded into the classrooms of American children, where puzzles are used to teach geography of the Americas and other countries of the world.
As the years went by, Jigsaw Puzzles started to shift from educational tools to fun and challenging games for adults and children alike. This up-rise in interest created the jigsaw puzzle industry, and the idea of using jigsaw puzzles in the classroom seemed to fade into the horizon… until now.
Which brings us to 2017, Standards In Puzzles has brought jigsaw puzzles back into the classroom! Our standards aligned jigsaw puzzle and corresponding lesson plan is specifically designed for teaching.
Take a look at our “Dissected Map”, Age of Discovery puzzle lesson plan:
In this lesson plan, students get the opportunity to visualize and recognize key explorers and their amazing voyages across the seas to uncharted lands. Not only does the 513 piece jigsaw puzzle help students concentrate on the geography of the world, but give them a chance to see what these explorers looked like.
Five additional stations are included in each of our Jigsaw puzzles, providing a full two to three day lesson plans, covering everything inside the corresponding standards.
Standards in Puzzles introduce positive effects into the classroom to improve your students’ education. Research shows that doing jigsaw puzzles have been known to increase visual perception, improve memory, develop critical thinking, heightens creativity, and increases dopamine levels in the brain. Just imagine what these benefits could do for your classroom.
In conclusion, today’s homework is to head over to our puzzles page and get your students learning happy with Standards in Puzzles! All puzzles are just $27.95 with free shipping on orders over $50, so there’s no better time than now to make your classroom better than ever!